CRAFTS Tool Talks

At regular meetings of CRAFTS, members enjoy learning from speakers who delve into their areas of expertise related to tools, traditional crafts, history and more. This page (under construction) will list upcoming and past presentations at our meetings, including links to each speaker's info available on the web, and reports written up in The Tool Shed subsequently. Current club members with user accounts on this website have access to digital versions of the most recent issues of The Tool Shed.

Upcoming

November 6: Ivan Raupp on Pennsylvania Goosewing Axes

 

Postponed: Michael J. Cuba on dendrochronology (tree ring dating) and its applied use for dating and interpreting historic structures. We will examine the principles of the science and the more recent developments of isotopic dendrochronology in the UK. Several case studies will be presented featuring local examples of dated structures along with some prominent projects from overseas. While this science can offer conclusive felling dates for timbers used in building, interpretation and context for this information relies on both documentary and physical evidence. Michael will use examples of recent reconstruction projects of the Dominy House, in East Hampton, NY, and the reconstruction of one of the trusses from the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral that was lost in a fire in 2019, to underscore the importance of documentation in preservation work.

Past

June 5, 2022: Steve Voigt on traditional wooden plane making. Steve's slide deck is available to CRAFTS members for viewing (in PDF format). Log in here and then click on "Presentations" under Events in the menu.
Steve's website.

  

November 7, 2021: Gary Elsing (member of CRAFTS) on leather working
See report in issue #206 (December 2021) of The Tool Shed on page 9. Gary's slide deck is available to CRAFTS members for viewing (in PDF format). Log in here and then click on "Presentations" under Events in the menu.
Bruce Johnson Leather Tools website.
C.S. Obsborne & Co. of Harrison NJ website.

 

February 2, 2020: Jeff Donat on grist mills
See report in issue #199 (March 2020) of The Tool Shed starting on page 10.
Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) website.

 

November 3, 2019: James Shomper on surveying tools
See report in issue #198 (December 2019) of The Tool Shed starting on page 10.
Surveyors Historical Society website.
Virtual Museum of Surveying website.

 

June 2, 2019: Mark Worthington on gunsmithing
See report in issue #197 (September 2019) of The Tool Shed starting on page 10 (PDF). Also see November 2, 2008 below.

 

April 7, 2019: Glen Guarano on furniture design and making
See report in issue #196 (June 2019) of The Tool Shed starting on page 10 (PDF).
Glen's business website and Instagram profile.

 

February 3, 2019: Marty Ridder on clocks and timekeeping
See report in issue #195 (March 2019) of The Tool Shed on page 11 (PDF).
Marty retired from his business of clock repair in December 2020 but helpful information remains on his website.

 

November 4, 2018: John Porritt on Welsh stick chairs, love spoons and textiles
See report in issue #194 (December 2018) of the Tool Shed on page 9 (PDF). Also see June 4, 2017 and February 3, 2013 below. 
Article by Christopher Schwarz about a visit to John's workshop posted in April 2019.

 

June 3, 2018: Bob Amarant on turning wood
See report in issue #193 (September 2018) of the Tool Shed on page 11 (PDF).
Bob's YouTube channel.
New Jersey Woodturners Association website.

 

April 8, 2018: Marc Benedict on historic shoe making
See report in issue #192 (June 2018) of the Tool Shed on page 11 (PDF). Also see April 3, 2011 below.

 

February 4, 2018: Abiel Rios Wong on designing and making tools
See report in issue #191 (March 2018) of the Tool Shed on page 5 (PDF).
Article about him in Fine Woodworking #237 (February 2014).

 

November 5, 2017: Joshua Kavett on Fisher & Norris anvils
See report in issue #190 (December 2017) of the Tool Shed on page 10 (PDF). Also see November 6, 2011 below.
Fisher & Norris Factory Museum website.

 

June 4, 2017: John Porritt on Windsor chairs
See John's description of his presentation in issue #189 (September 2017) of the Tool Shed starting on page 6 (PDF).

 

April 2, 2017: Carl Ohlson on railroad lanterns
See report in issue #188 (June 2017) of the Tool Shed on page 11 (PDF).

 

February 5, 2017: Dave Pollak on letter carving
See summary in issue #187 (March 2017) of the Tool Shed on page 10 (PDF).

 

November 6, 2016: Walt Antonik on metalworking and machining
See summary in issue #187 (March 2017) of the Tool Shed on page 10 (PDF).

 

June 5, 2016: Wilbur Pan on Japanese chisels
See report in issue #185 (September 2016) of the Tool Shed on page 7 (PDF). Also see February 1, 2015 below.
Wilbur's blog/website.

 

February 7, 2016: Bob Garay on Stanley bench planes type study and tune-up
See his article "10-Step Plane Restoration" in issue #184 (June 2016) of the Tool Shed on page 6 (PDF).

 

November 1, 2015: Ken Vliet presented his handmade toys
See brief summary in issue #182 (December 2015) of the Tool Shed on page 2 (PDF).

 

June 7, 2015: Anthony Pasarelli on making a Windsor chair
See report in issue #181 (September 2015) of the Tool Shed starting on page 10 (PDF).

 

April 12, 2015: Plant tour of the Frederick Duckloe and Brother’s furniture factory in Portland Pennsylvania
Announcement and description in issue #179 (March 2015) of the Tool Shed on page 4 (PDF).

 

February 1, 2015: Wilbur Pan on Japanese saws and chisels
See feature article in issue #180 (June 2015) of the Tool Shed starting on page 1 (PDF).

 

June 1, 2014: Ronald C. Gabel on the Kentucky rifle
See report in issue #177 (September 2014) of the Tool Shed starting on page 10 (PDF).

 

April 6, 2014: Richard Gagliardi on violin making, repair and restoration
See feature article in issue #176 (June 2014) of the Tool Shed starting on page 1 (PDF).

 

February 2, 2014: Ashley King on clocks
See summary in issue #175 (March 2014) of the Tool Shed on page 6 (PDF).

 

June 2, 2013: Herb Kean on restoring braces
See summary in issue #173 (September 2013) of the Tool Shed starting on page 7 (PDF).

 

April 7, 2013: Ethan Feinsod on marquetry and veneering
See summary in issue #172 (June 2013) of the Tool Shed starting on page 8 (PDF).

 

February 3, 2013: John Porritt on wood plane restoration
See summary in issue #172 (June 2013) of the Tool Shed starting on page 5 (PDF).

 

February 5, 2012: David Washington on sculpting in wood

 

November 6, 2011: Club Tour of Josh Kavett's Fisher & Norris Anvil Museum
See summary in issue #166 (December 2011) of the Tool Shed starting on page 3 (PDF).

 

June 5, 2011: Walter Jacob on Stanley tape measures
See report in issue #165 (September 2011) of the Tool Shed starting on page 3 (PDF).

 

April 3, 2011: Marc Benedict on historic shoe making
See report in issue #164 (June 2011) of the Tool Shed starting on page 3 (PDF).

 

February 6, 2011: Ken Vliet on making miniatures
See report in issue #163 (March 2011) of the Tool Shed starting on page 3 (PDF).

 

November 7, 2010: Frank Klausz on molding planes how to tune them and use them
See report in issue #162 (December 2010) of the Tool Shed starting on page 3 (PDF). Also see February 8, 2009 below.

 

June 6, 2010: Jim Newell on horn smithing
See report in issue #161 (September 2010) of the Tool Shed starting on page 3 (PDF).

 

April 11, 2010: Dave Fegley on making Shaker boxes
See report in issue #160 (June 2010) of the Tool Shed starting on page 4 (PDF).

 

February 7, 2010: Mark Hammond on historical tinsmithing
See report in issue #160 (June 2010) of the Tool Shed on page 3 (PDF).

 

November 8, 2009: Dennis Menscer on making cane fly rods
See report in issue #159 (March 2010) of the Tool Shed starting on page 6 (PDF).
Dennis's website.

 

June 7, 2009: Wil Goldschmidt on bowl turning
See report in issue #157 (September 2009) of the Tool Shed on page 5 (PDF).

 

February 8, 2009: Frank Klausz on chisels and other things
See report in issue #156 (June 2009) of the Tool Shed starting on page 3 (PDF).

 

April 2009: Jim Bode on timber framing (demonstration at CRAFTS picnic)
See report in issue #156 (June 2009) of the Tool Shed starting on page 6 (PDF).

 

November 2, 2008: Mark Worthington in 18th Century gunsmithing
See report in issue #155 (March 2009) of the Tool Shed starting on page 3 (PDF).